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A 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck Hawaii.

Initial calculations yielded a 4.1-magnitude. This was later revised to 4.5-magnitude. Image Credit: Earthstar Geographics.

Around 5 hours ago, USGS reported that a 4.5-magnitude earthquake struck the 40 miles southwest of Hilo, Hawaii County, USA at a shallow depth of 32.7km. The The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported the quake at 4.4-magnitude at a depth of 29km.

The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the earthquake might be revised in the next few hours as seismologists review their data. Based on preliminary data it is believed that the earthquake did not cause any significant damage. A tsunami alert has not been issued as the National Weather Service (NWS) said that there is no potential for it to happen.

Towns or cities near the epicenter that might have felt the earthquake include Volcano Village (pop. 2,600) located 18 miles from the epicenter, Hawaiian Ocean View (pop. 4,400) 26 miles away, Fern Acres (pop. 1,500) 28 miles away, Mountain View (pop. 3,900) 29 miles away, Hawaiian Acres (pop. 2,700) 31 miles away, Hawaiian Paradise Park (pop. 11,400) 37 miles away, and Hilo (pop. 43,300) 40 miles away.

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